Need Stylish Last-Minute Gifts They’ll Love? Try These Spots


With Christmas morning less than 72 hours away, the gift-buying window for 2009 is rapidly drawing to a close. Time is dwindling, yes, but all is not lost. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite destinations for fashion-minded last-minute gifts.

While most boutiques go dark during the afternoon of the 24th, lower Bernal Heights Secession Art and Design gallery and boutique is keeping the doors open until 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Even at the 11th hour, you can still scoop up unique gifts and works of art by independent artists and designers, including Colleen Mauer, Hilary Williams, Heather Robinson, Nous Savons, De Novo, Cara Lyndon, Minor Details, Orange Slice and many others.

Open until 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, Cocoon Urban Day Spa can not only accommodate your last-minute mani-pedi needs, but also offers plenty in the way of gifts: along with the selection of women’s yoga apparel, lingerie and jewelry on offer in this SoMa spa's boutique area, discounted gift cards let you give more for less. Until the end of the month, buy a $100 gift card for $95, a $150 gift card for $135 and a $200 gift card for $175. Mention this offer at time of purchase to receive the discount.

Looking for an affordable, practical and stylish last-minute gift for the guys on your list? If he wears khakis, new styles from Dockers will do the trick. Recently-introduced slim and straight fits update the brand’s take on these classic pants. A store location at the Westfield Centre means you won’t have to pay shipping costs.

For the fashion fans on your list, plenty of local shops full of worthy finds will be open into the afternoon on Christmas Eve. With newly-arrived Lizzie Fortunato jewelry and Inhabit sweaters, Metier will be open until 2 p.m. Boasting locally-made apparel, accessories for men and women, Youngblood mineral cosmetics and the convenient perk of free gift-wrapping, The Mission Statement is open on the 24th from noon to 5 p.m. Recent arrivals at Lower Haight boutique doe, open until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, include bath fizzes and fragrances from Elizabeth W, Kai fragrances, Zoe Chicco jewelry and Plan wooden toys for kids. For endlessly dapper menswear with hip-hop sensibilities, venture to The Brooklyn Circus, open late until 9 p.m. tonight and Wednesday and until 5 p.m. on Thursday.

If you’re in need of last-minute ornaments, stocking stuffers or Christmas-themed giftables, the annual holiday shop at Gump’s is full of options. Open until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, this downtown destination is always worth a visit for its enviable selection of fine jewelry, tableware, crystal, furniture and items for the home.

Don’t know (or want to risk guessing) your recipient’s size? Giving the gift of fashion doesn’t have to mean clothing or accessories. Case in point: a vintage fashion sketch from Lost Art Salon, open on the afternoon of the 24th. What’s more, purchases are 20 percent off through Christmas Eve.

No time to venture out? While many retailers will gladly overnight purchases for arrival by Christmas Eve, Acrimony is going so far as to offer free shipping for arrival on or before the 24th on orders placed by Dec. 23. Use the code freeship to take advantage.

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